A round of betting occurs after every hand, and during each round, only one player remains in the pot. All but one player is permitted to fold, but they cannot reveal their hand to other players. The winner of the game takes the pot, and all bets are returned to the table. The betting intervals are separated by betting intervals and the pot is worth the highest hand. Each player in the round must bet a minimum amount during the first betting interval, but they can check in later rounds.

The three most popular poker game structures are pot-limit, fixed-limit, and no-limit. The former requires a standardised amount of betting. For example, the initial bettor may only bet X, and any player who raises must also raise X. Meanwhile, pot-limit poker allows players to bet any amount up to the size of the pot, and each player must raise at least the amount of the previous player’s bet before making his own.

The dealer deals the cards to all players clockwise around the table. The dealer, who controls the cards, is called the “house dealer” and will be dealt the cards for each hand. The dealer, who is usually a white disk, is the nominal dealer, and will deal the cards for each hand. This means that each player will bet in order, with the buck, as indicated by the dealer button. As the hand plays out, the dealer will usually be the one to make the final decisions, but it is the dealer’s decision if to cut.